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Least Concern Species
Status: Least Concern
Scientific Name: Emydura subglobosa
Date Listed as Endangered: June 2, 1970
Also known as Pseudemydura umbrina, this species belongs to the family
of reptiles. They are considered as the most critically endangered
reptile in Australia. They have flattened and square-shaped shell which
varies from yellow-brown to black colour. They have paler undershell
with black spots.
Short-necked turtles have large bony plate on their head. Their neck is
very short and covered with horny tubercles. Their feet are clawed and
their legs are covered with bony plates. Their normal length measures 15
cm (6 inches). Adults normal weight measures 550 grams (19 ounces). Male
short necked turtles are bigger than females.
Short-necked turtles are found in scattered areas of Swan Coastal Plain
in Australia. They prefer swallow swamps as their habitat. Most swamps
contain shrubs that form canopies above the water. Mating occurs during
Short-necked turtles reduced in number and their population declined
from 250 to below 20 today. Threats are identified as loss of habitat
due to agricultural purposes. A recovery plan has been developed by the
Australian government to protect and preserve existing individuals.